Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

sign up for Boomerang Books BulletinGet Latest Book News + FREE Shipping. Subscribe to the Boomerang Books Bulletin eNewsletter right now!

Description - A Museum of One's Own by Anne Higonnet

When French revolutionaries sacked royal holdings at the end of the 18th century, they began the largest transfer of artistic goods in world history. By 1850 many "repossessed" treasures had come to rest in a new institution, the public museum, where they were assigned educational tasks. Anne Higonnet's book begins at this turning point in the history of art, but it looks instead at another new institution, the collection museum. Emerging in London with the Wallace Collection, the collection museum spread rapidly in Gilded Age America. To the discontent of many Europeans, cash-flush Americans like J.P. Morgan and Henry Clay Frick went on collecting campaigns that netted masterpiece after masterpiece, along with the furniture and fittings of dozens of aristocratic residences.From the outset, these collectors planned to present their trophies to the public as museums in which they could dictate each and every detail of the arrangements. Drawing on a decade of research, Higonnet weaves letters, auction records and photographs into an engrossing account of the founding of both renowned and obscure collection museums. She also explores how these collectors stoked the tremendous values accorded paintings by Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Velazquez, Gainsborough and Reynolds.

Buy A Museum of One's Own by Anne Higonnet from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9781934772928
ISBN-10: 1934772925
Format: Hardback
(230mm x 250mm x mm)
Pages: 296
Imprint: Periscope Publishing
Publisher: Periscope Publishing
Publish Date: 20-Mar-2009
Country of Publication: United States

Book Reviews - A Museum of One's Own by Anne Higonnet

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Museum of One's Own book by Anne Higonnet and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review

Author Biography - Anne Higonnet

ANNE HIGGONET is chair of the Art History Department, Barnard College.

Books By Anne Higonnet

Lewis Carroll by Anne Higonnet
Hardback, September 2008
$40.50 $45.00
Berthe Morisot's Images of Women by Anne Higonnet
Hardback, February 1992
Berthe Morisot by Anne Higonnet
Paperback, May 1995
$52.19 $57.99